Master of Arts in
Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management (Part-Time Hybrid)

Design a customized, interdisciplinary, partially global, partially online master's degree. Build the leadership and other professional skills needed to meet your personal career goals.

At a Glance

For programs beginning in 2021

Credits

33 minimum

Format

Part-Time Hybrid

Priority deadline

January 31, rolling thereafter

I-20 Deadline for Student Visas

March 1

Duration

2 Years

Residencies

United States

Critical Global Issue of Study


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Students may focus on any
critical global issue, depending
on their chosen curriculum.

Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.

WHY A HYBRID MASTER'S IN INTERCULTURAL LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT?

Self-design your own experiential learning, earning your master’s degree online with a brief residency in Vermont and working closely with a faculty advisor to fit your career objectives. The Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management master’s degree from SIT allows you to hone your leadership skills across interpersonal, team, communityand global arenas. 

Undertake 10 to 15 hours a week of SIT’s carefully curated, immersive online coursework, in collaboration with other students in your cohort. Your studies may include in-depth explorations of leadership and change; international education and training; sustainable development; conflict transformation across cultures; gender equity; language education; and policy advocacy.

During this two-year program you will determine a focus for your degree and your professional skillsetYou will also have the option of taking courses in a variety of international locations with SIT professors around the world, attend experiential learning summer residencies on our Vermont campus, or pursue your own research and fieldwork. 

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of this unique degree and your ability to make individual choices within it, the range of skills you will develop will be based entirely on your learning plan in tandem with your career goals. 

As part of the program, you will complete a capstone paper and a practicum in a position and location of your choosing, providing you with on-the-job experience and the ability to expand your professional network. 

Whether you are exploring, building on, or just starting a new profession, this one-of-a-kind master’s degree prepares you for a challenging and rewarding career in fields such as international education; peace and justice leadership; refugee resettlement; research and policymaking; or sustainable development. 

Career Paths

  • Director of diversity

  • Cultural sustainability specialist

  • Development coordinator at NGO or nonprofit

  • Refugee resettlement case manager

  • Immigration outreach coordinator

  • Community health worker

  • Prevention educator or facilitator

  • Director or manager of human resources

  • Program director, manager or specialist

Visit the SIT blog to read more about SIT Graduate Institute alumni careers.

Program Sites

Part-Time Hybrid Format

Students in this program are able to live anywhere in the world while they pursue their master’s degree online and in person. Depending on the courses they choose, students may have the opportunity to spend time on our Vermont campus or, if they pursue a field course, elsewhere in the world.

  • Courses take place almost entirely online
  • One short summer residency in Vermont
  • Additional field courses in Vermont (optional)
  • Practicum can be in current job or location of your choice

Brattleboro, Vermont

Vermont is at the forefront of sustainability, education, and regeneration. New England is a haven for start-ups, transition towns, community-owned forests, artisanal food and beverage companies, sustainable farming, eco-architecture, green energy, and many environmental and social-justice organizations. SIT’s beautiful southern Vermont campus offers woodland trails, hiking, running, and cycling, as well as a private library, study rooms with mountain views, and an entertainment space where students often gather at the end of the day to socialize. You will also be a few miles from downtown Brattleboro, which offers an array of shops, restaurants, and eateries.

Please note that in order to take advantage of dynamic learning opportunities, program excursions may occasionally vary.

Academics

Coursework

In this partially global, partially online master’s degree program, you will:  

  • Design a degree plan that allows you to pursue your professional goals
  • Work closely with an academic adviser who has your career and professional development interests in mind 
  • Learn the foundations of Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management 
  • Take courses in practitioner inquiry to develop expertise in a selected area and learn professional research skills 
  • Undertake reflective practice, a structured approach to learning that allows you to apply your coursework to your ongoing professional activity for credit 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of leadership and change 
  • Complete a professional practicum and a capstone paper 

Please expand the sections below to see detailed course information.

This is SIT

  • We value active togetherness, reciprocity, and respect as the essential ingredients for building a sustainable community.
  • With open minds, empathy, and courage, we facilitate intercultural understanding and respect for the commonalities and differences between people.
  • We champion social inclusion & justice in all that we are and all that we do, from ensuring our community and our programs amplify the voices, agency, and dignity of all people to deliberately instilling the principles and practices of inclusion in all ofour work.
  • We are committed to human and environmental well-being through sustainability and contributing to a better world for all living and future generations.

SEMESTER DETAILS

The courses below reflect a wide range of options for each student, who will earn a maximum of 8 credits per semesterCourses with an asterisk require the student to travel to our campus in Vermont, or an international location. Please check SIT’s Catalog to verify prerequisite requirements.

The following courses are required of all students in this program:

  • MPIM-5050 Foundations in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management (3 credits)
  • MPIM-5510 Practitioner Inquiry (3 credits)
  • MGMT-5370 Leadership and Change (3 credits)
  • MPIM-6601 Reflective Practice 1 (1 credit)
  • MPIM-6602 Reflective Practice 2 (1 credit)
  • MPIM-6603 Reflective Practice 3 (1 credit)
  • MPIM-6604 Capstone Paper (2 credits)
  • MPIM-6709 Capstone Presentation and Seminar (1 credit)

Semester One: Summer

  • Political Economy of Sustainable Development and Environmental Change*  
  • International Environmental Policy and the Challenge of Climate Diplomacy 
  • Developing an Approach to Teaching and Learning* 
  • English Applied Linguistics, Part 1*  
  • Intercultural Communication and Ethnographic Inquiry for Language Educators, Part 1* 
  • Conflict Transformation Across Cultures* 
  • Introduction to Peacebuilding 
  • Conflict Analysis 
  • Strategic Peacebuilding 
  • Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation for Programing in Fragile Environments 
  • Theory and Practice of Social Change  
  • Human Flourishing in the Anthropocene: From Development to Regeneration 
  • Foundations in Regenerative Leadership  
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation 

Semester Two: Fall

  • Teaching the Four Skills 
  • English Applied Linguistics, Part 2* 
  • Seminar: Teaching Refugees and Displaced Persons 
  • Seminar: Teaching Young Learners 
  • Seminar: Teacher Training and Development 
  • Seminar:  Plurilingual Pedagogy 
  • Theory and Practice of Peace and Justice Promotion 
  • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education   
  • Civil Resistance 
  • Special Topics in Peace and Justice Promotion 
  • Field Seminar 
  • Negotiation, Mediation, and Dialog 
  • Regenerative Design  
  • Policy Advocacy  
  • Learning in Place: Land and Ecology  
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, Accountability and Learning 
  • Project Management  
  • Advanced Leadership and Change 
  • Participatory Action Methods 

Semester Three: Spring

  • Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Indian Ocean Region* 
  • English Applied Linguistics, Part 3*  
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment, Part 1 
  • Intercultural Communication and Ethnographic Inquiry for Language Educators, Part 2 
  • International Education Program Planning and Design 
  • Leadership and Change  
  • Development and Resistance in Latin America* 
  • Communication, Media, and Art for Social Transformation 
  • Food Sovereignty and Agro-ecology  
  • Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities  
  • Development Practice 

Semester Four: Summer

  • Political Economy of Sustainable Development & Environmental Change  
  • International Environmental Policy and the Challenge of Climate Diplomacy* 
  • Developing an Approach to Teaching and Learning  
  • English Applied Linguistics, Part 1 
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment, Part 2 
  • Intercultural Communication for Language Teachers, Part 3* 
  • Advanced Concepts in International Education I* 
  • Program Monitoring and Evaluation Concepts 
  • Conflict Transformation Across Cultures 
  • Introduction to Peacebuilding 
  • Conflict Analysis 
  • Strategic Peacebuilding 
  • Field Seminar  
  • Design, Monitoring, and Evaluation for Programing in Fragile Environments 
  • Understanding and Designing Social-Ecological Change* 
  • Science and Appropriate Technology* 

Semester Five: Fall

  • Teaching the Four Skills 
  • English Applied Linguistics, Part 2 
  • Seminar: Teaching Refugees and Displaced Persons 
  • Seminar: Teaching Young Learners  
  • Seminar: Teacher Training and Development 
  • Seminar: Plurilingual Pedagogy  
  • Theory and Practice of Peace and Justice Promotion 
  • Theory, Practice, and Policy of International Education 
  • Advanced Concepts in International Education II 
  • Civil Resistance 
  • Special Topics I Peace and Justice Promotion 
  • Negotiation, Mediation, and Dialogue  
  • From Grant Writing to Policy Briefs: Essential Skills in Peace and Justice Promotion 
  • Economics for Sustainable Development and Regeneration 
  • Regenerative Practice 
  • Policy Advocacy 
  • Learning in Place: Society and Culture  

Semester Six: Spring

  • Capstone Paper 
  • Capstone Presentation and Seminar 
  • Climate Change and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Indian Ocean Region* 
  • English Applied Linguistics, Part 3 
  • Curriculum Design and Assessment, Part 1 
  • Intercultural Communication & Ethnographic Inquiry for Language Educators, Part 2 
  • International Education Program Planning and Design 
  • Development and Resistance in Latin America* 
  • Communication, Media, and Art for Social Transformation 
  • Food Sovereignty and Agro-ecology 
  • Migration, Borders, and Transnational Communities 

*Courses with residency requirements 

Professional Practicum

A cornerstone of the SIT Global Master’s in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management is the practicum. This will allow you to apply learning from the classroom directly to real-world settings, while getting hands-on, professional experience you can put to immediate use. If you do not already have a job in a related field (paid or volunteer), SIT and your advisor will support you in finding an approved practicum with an international agency, think tank, nongovernmental organization, government agency, educational institution, or other organization in a location of your choice. This practicum experience will give you the opportunity to work in an area of your choice, while also giving you a chance to expand your professional network. Throughout your studies, you’ll remain engaged with faculty and other students and receive course credit for documenting the integration of your knowledge and skills while working in a professional context.

Faculty & Staff

Intercultural Service, Leadership & Management (Part-Time Hybrid)

Sora Friedman, PhD
Professor, International Education • Chair, MA in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management • Chair, MA in International Education
Alla Korzh, EdD
Program Chair, Doctorate in Global Education (EdD) • Associate Professor, Global Masters in International Education
Bruce W. Dayton, PhD
Executive Director, Conflict Transformation Across Cultures (CONTACT) • Chair, MA in Diplomacy and International Relations • Associate Professor and Chair, MA in Peace and Justice Leadership
Leslie Turpin, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair, MA in TESOL
Alyson Dagang, PhD
Program Chair, Master of Arts in Sustainable Development •
Joseph Lanning, PhD
Program Chair, Global Master of Arts in Development Practice • Affiliated Faculty, Master of Arts in Sustainable Development
Elka Todeva, PhD
Professor, MA in TESOL
David Shallenberger, PhD
Affiliated Faculty, MA in International Education

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